Bandits who killed Chike Akunyili also beheaded another person: Police

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The Anambra police commissioner said the bandits also beheaded a yet-to-be identified man and thereafter fled the scene of the crime.

The Anambra Police Command has given further updates surrounding the gruesome murder of Dr Chike Akunyili, stating that the bandits attacked other persons along the axis while also beheading a yet-to-be-identified man.

Mr Akunyili, husband to late Nigerian information minister Dora, was killed Tuesday night along the old Onitsha-Enugu highway. Family sources told Peoples Gazette that suspected herdsmen perpetrated the dastardly act.

The Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Tony Olofu, who confirmed Mr Akunyili’s death, appealed for calm and stressed that the perpetrators would be unmasked and “decisively dealt with.”

A statement issued by police spokesman in Anambra, Tochukwu Ikenga, on Wednesday in Awka said that Mr Olofu visited the scene where Mr Akunyili was killed in Nkpor and two other locations where violent crimes were perpetrated.

Mr Ikenga quoted Mr Olofu as saying that with the way they operated, the gunmen seemed to have lost every iota of human conscience and sensibility in them.

The statement said that at about 5:00 p.m., around the Nkpor Roundabout and without any provocation, some gunmen attacked and shot a police inspector attached to a Very Important Personality (VIP).

“At Afor Nkpor Junction, three unidentified bodies were recovered, a burnt Toyota Hilux and a vandalised Toyota Hummer bus were also seen at the crime scene.

“The lifeless bodies were taken to the hospital and regrettably one of the bodies was identified as one Dr Chike Akunyili”, Mr Ikenga said in the statement.

He said the bandits also beheaded a yet-to-be identified man and thereafter fled the scene of the crime.

The police commissioner expressed regrets at the unfortunate loss of lives and valuables due to those senseless acts.

According to the spokesman, a team of police operatives attached to the Aguata Area Command at about 2:00 p.m. on September 28, while on routine patrol along Ezinifite/Igboukwu Road, was attacked by hoodlums.

He said that the bandits, who rode in an unmarked Sienna vehicle and a Toyota Hummer bus, set the police patrol vehicle ablaze and later fled the scene.

“Similarly, there was a gun attack on a member of the public at about 5:00 p.m. on Oko Road.

“The criminal elements set the vehicle of the victim ablaze, leaving him with a bullet wound and escaped. The victim was rescued and taken to hospital where he is responding to treatment”, he said.

On September 28, some undesirable elements, in an attempt to snatch a Lexus 350 car from its driver on Agulu Road, shot him.

“The attackers abandoned the victim and the car and fled. The victim was immediately rushed to the hospital but was confirmed dead by the doctors on duty.


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